Crews respond to house fire in Argyll and Bute

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Oban resident escapes after flames break out

Many residents have welcomed firefighters to share specialist fire safety tips.

Firefighters in Argyll and Bute responded to a call for help after flames broke out in the living room of a house in Oban this morning (Thursday, May 30).

Two Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were mobilised from the scenic town's own community fire station around 10:50am - arriving at the Croft Avenue scene in around four minutes. 

A spokesperson for SFRS said: "Firefighters quickly extinguished the small fire and an elderly woman was given a precautionary checkup by our ambulance colleagues.

"We understand she did not attend hospital and of course wish her a full recovery from the shock of today's incident.

"Fire can obviously cause serious injuries and loss of life but it also has the potential to cause devastating upset to those who have been affected.

"As we continue efforts to make every community safer from fire, we ask for the public to take the simple steps that could prevent tragedy.

"It is vital every home be protected by working smoke alarms and that residents never leave cookers unattended while they are in use, properly dispose of smoking materials, and make sure their electrical sockets are not overloaded.

"If you or someone you know could benefit from a little extra fire safety help and guidance, then please contact us so your local firefighters can visit and provide you with advice specific to your own circumstances.

"Our crews are always happy to speak with members of their communities and share the specialist knowledge that could save lives."

To request a free home fire safety visit, phone 0800 0731 999, text “check” to 61611, or find more information on the website at